Sunrise: 7:04 A.M., Sunset: 4:49 P.M. For Boston, MA [CHANGE]
According to Scottish custom, the first Monday of the new year was the time to give children and servants a small gift, or handsel. The handsel was popular as a new year's gift from the 14th to 19th centuries.
According to the New Testament's Gospels, on this date the Magi, the three wise men or kings, venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The word epiphany is not specific to Christianity, as Zeus's alias, "Epiphanes," can attest. It comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning "manifestation." In many countries, Three Kings Day is a traditional time of gift giving. Bake a King Cake with a lucky bean inside! Whoever finds the bean is the king of the feast.
January 7, 1789
The electors were chosen for the first U.S. presidential election. (George Washington was elected president on February 4.).
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed)
Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence.
January 23, 1971
Eighty degrees below zero F at Prospect Creek, Alaska.